The Most-Heavily Spun Songs Of the Decade

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Once upon a time, terrestrial radio was jet fuel for a catchy song, and kingmaker for the right artist.

Make no mistake, the traditional dial is still incredibly influential, and a major part of the promotional picture for labels and artists.  But the potency of the format will continue to decline over the coming years, especially as disruptive media forces spill into the 2010s.

In the rear view, terrestrial radio has helped to crown a number of smash singles.  And the most heavily-spun songs of the past decade, at least in the US?  Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), owned by the Nielsen Company, has been monitoring the action, and counting the biggest hitters.  The results, by format, as tracked between the dates of January 1st, 2000 and December 17th, 2009…

* Country: “Something Like That,” Tim McGraw (487,343 spins)

* CHR/Top 40: “Yeah,” Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil Jon (416,267 spins)

* Hot AC: “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me),” Train (338,749 spins)

* Alternative: “Last Resort,” Papa Roach (221,767 spins)

* Rhythmic: “Low,” Flo Rida featuring T-Pain (206,864 spins)

* Album Rock: “It’s Been Awhile,” Staind (189,195 spins)

* Urban: “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell (169,511 spins)

* Urban AC: “Think About You,” Luther Vandross (147,818 spins)

* Gospel: “Never Would Have Made It,” Marvin Sapp (92,603 spins)

* Smooth Jazz: “Pacific Coast Highway,” Nils (29,328 spins)

Story by Alexandra Osorio.